Five things early-career professionals can do as they transition to an SCU
Thank you to our #CLDE17 Meeting Partners and Exhibitors!
As part of your experience at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, be sure to connect with our meeting partners and exhibitors in the Marriott Ballroom Foyer during the hours of registration. You can also connect with them during the #CLDE17 networking reception on Thursday, June 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom Salon I, II, III, & IV, and throughout the entire meeting as they attend, participate in, and present sessions.
WHAT’S SERVICE-LEARNING GOT TO DO WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE?
Perhaps this seems to be a silly question. “What is this clickbait?” you say. “Of course social justice and service-learning are intertwined! That’s the whole point.” Or is it? I’m guessing your answer depends on how you define these terms. In the Student Leadership and Service (SLS) office at Lewis & Clark College, we try to frame our work through a social justice and equity lens. To that end, we utilize Lee Ann Bell’s (1997) definition, which describes social justice as both a process and a goal. According to Bell, the goal relates to full and equal participation of all groups in a society mutually shaped to meet their needs. Other aspects of the goal relate to an equitable distribution of resources, security (physical and psychological), self-determination and interconnectedness. Regarding social justice as a process, that relates to democratic, inclusive and collaborative engagement.
Apply to Serve as the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference Campus Host!
The host applications for the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference are now live!
Not So Obvious – Collaboration Across Disciplines and Organizational Missions
At Weber State University’s (WSU) Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) one of our roles is connecting campus with community and community with campus. We often play the role of matchmaker as community partners or WSU faculty come to us with ideas for collaboration. When these opportunities arise, we seem to gravitate to the obvious choices; for example, a social work class might be paired with a women’s shelter. While many of these partnerships are the perfect combination for creating a rich environment of service learning, some of the most meaningful partnerships between a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) class and a community partner have been unlikely pairings. In a world where disciplines constantly overlap and a well-rounded diverse education is valued, it is important to be open to and foster these types of collaborations.
Reflecting on The Ties That Bind our Students, our Campus, and our Community
These are the last few lines of the Carolinian Creed, a set of ideals that each member of the University of South Carolina (USC) is expected to commit to as part of this community. They represent not only our care and concern for others within the University but also a care and concern for others outside of it. These lines are the foundation for the ties that exist between our students, our campus, and the community at large. In the case of students like Michelle Slawinski, however, her passion for service became more than a commitment and concern for others. Along the process, those ties changed her life for the better.